apple trees

I have a couple of old apple trees that are very tall, going straight up with no outward branches. I believe the garden used to be an orchard once upon a time and the 3 trees I have are all that's left so am keen to save them. Any ideas to encourage outward growth? 


  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,720
    Any chance of a picture of them Judith ? That might help with pruning advice.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,226

    I would cut the upward branches to an outward facing bud and hope that they would grow outwards to make more of a cup shape. My trees were old and unpruned but we took 2 years to cut the old branches to a better shape and remove some of them as we were worried about the shock to the trees. They look a lot better now.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
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